The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

May 02, 2014

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.

The second trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an improvement, but for someone who’s been eager for a new live-action Ninja Turtles movie since the early '90s, I expected that seeing the gang back on-screen and in a real-world setting would have had a more exhilarating effect. There are strong moments and visuals here, so perhaps the problem is weak editing more than anything else, and if that is the case, the film’s marketing campaign has a whole three months to fix it. But for now, Ninja Turtles must forgo trailer top honors and defer to six others more worthy of the title.

1. They Came Together: If A Haunted House and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer expired your patience for spoof movies, try to hang on for just one more go because based on this new trailer, it looks as though They Came Together has a fresh spin on satire that could be worth your while. Not only is the movie loaded with top-notch talent, but the material also bears a more honest, textured quality that grounds the jokes more so than most.

2. All Cheerleaders Die: When you’ve got a movie about cheerleaders who die and come back to life to sell, you’ve got to deliver a slick, sassy trailer with the power to get moviegoers pumped for an hour and a half of outrageous displays of wild parties, high school drama and gore, and that’s exactly what this piece pulls off.

3. Godzilla: We’ve got yet another Godzilla trailer worthy of Best Stuff honors. This one is impressively structured and edited just like the last, but what makes this Asia trailer even more of a standout is how it builds the marketing campaign by deftly introducing remarkably well-chosen story details. It opens the door to a whole new side of the narrative, offering up just enough information to thoroughly pull you in, but leave you eager to see how the action and destruction plays out.

4. Fault in Our Stars: Even though this Fault in Our Stars trailer is just an extended version of the one that dropped back in January, the additional 30 seconds of material gives selected scenes room to breathe and adds a number of vital layers to the characters and world. If Hazel’s story is already so moving at this point in the promotional process, the full feature is bound to pack the power to blow through countless boxes of tissues and truly leave a mark.  

5. A Long Way Down: The new trailer for the June 5 release A Long Way Down does veer towards the cheesy side, but Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots make for such a charming ensemble that it’s tough not to care about the characters and root for them to pull through the situation.

6. Boyhood: Part of the appeal of the trailer for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is absolutely the fact that Linklater shot the film over the course of 12 years to see the same young actor move from the first grade through the 12th, but even beyond that, the combination of visuals and music in this piece takes the results of that groundbreaking technique, fills them with a significant amount of heart and leaves the viewer with the impression that the full feature could be unprecedented in more ways than one.

What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?




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